Club President Randy Brittain with Sue Erikson of Feeding Greater Elgin


Rotary Club of Elgin, Club President Randy Brittain presented Feeding Greater Elgin director Sue Erikson with a check for $1,000.00 at the Club's weekly meeting on December 19, 2011.

"Hunger is a critical issue in the greater Elgin community," said Erikson. "More than 11,000 live in poverty in Elgin and South Elgin and more than half the children in Elgin schools participate in free or reduced-cost lunch programs."  Erikson went on to say that a recent food insecurity study calculated that over 19,000 adults and children in the city of Elgin alone, are food insecure.

The Rotary Club of Elgin has supported Feeding Greater Elgin since the food pantry's inception in January 2011. The Club sponsored several mobile food pantries earlier this year both financially and with volunteers. Recenty, Rotary District 6440 joined the efforts by awarding the Club  a $1,000 matching grant.

"Our community has seen the increasing demand for food services in our community, which is why we have chosen to partner with Feeding Greater Elgin," said Brittain. "The food pantry is an organization on the frontlines of fighting hunger and poverty among our neighbors. We are proud to back their efforts through our Rotary Club."